Injury-hit Yatton suffer heavy defeat at Old Redcliffians

PUBLISHED: 11:22 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 24 October 2018

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An injury-hit Yatton side suffered a heavy defeat away to Old Redcliffians.

Old Redcliffians 2nd XV 52 pts

Yatton 1st XV 31 pts

The outcome of this match was not what the league form book would have predicted, but Yatton had to travelled light to face Old Reds who, until this game, had only had one victory so far this season.

Within two minutes of play Yatton’s first player left the field because of injury and seconds later Old Reds, playing up the slope, opened with a converted try.

For the remainder of the quarter Old Reds showed they had no respect for Yatton’s second in the league position, developing an edge in the scrums.

But on a rare visit to Old Reds five-yard area, centre Jack Edwards finished off a scrambling scrum and Mike Gane’s conversion made it level.

Minutes later, wing Ben Bushell collected a timed pass from Liam Chambers who had broken through on his 22. Bushell raced down the wing and grounded, he too was helped off the pitch with an injury.

Old Reds soon regained the lead, running in two converted tries within 10 minutes before half-time.

Now with a score line of 21-12, the slope in their favourand knowing Yatton were having to put players out of position, two more tries were landed in the opening 10 minutes.

Yatton resisted in the mid-park area and Yatton’s man of the match Liam Chambers mounted attacks, but with confidence and practiced close quarter passing another two tries for Old Reds followed to make the score 45-12, while Yatton lost their second recognised wing to injury.

With Dan Williams drafted out to patrol the touchline, it took only minutes for him to forcefully hand off at speed and leave stunned defenders as he broke from halfway. Gane’s conversion helping in the points but, more importantly, the try put the beleaguered travellers closer to a bonus try.

Three minutes later Williams broke, this time from his own 22, and repeated the run giving Gane an easier conversion with 10 minutes to go.

Old Reds kept the ball in tight and a breakaway from a rolling maul brought their last try of the afternoon. Yatton’s continued persistence resulted in Edwards’ deserved second try.

Yatton 3rd XV 29 pts

Winscombe 3rd XV 48 pts

High expectations of a close game were dashed within the first quarter as Yatton conceded four tries without reply.

Thereafter some slick handling from the backs saw Cam Polledri unleashed to canter off and score for the home side. Winscombe had the stronger pack, but Yatton became defiant and battled hard at every scrum and ruck.

Though Winscombe scored further tries, Yatton managed three more from James Smith, Gareth Harry and Billy Mackay.

Man of the match Finbar Lawrence was an ever present link who orchestrated the majority of tactical decisions required for a great afternoon’s entertainment.

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